Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly] – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (AMP).

The Spirit’s admonition through the Apostle Paul above is for us to be constant and persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12 (AMP) tells us: “Rejoice {and} exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering {and} tribulation; be constant in prayer.”

Many times, Satan seeks to influence and manipulate people, situations, circumstances, governments, agencies etc., just to get to us. But we must learn to thwart his efforts. Every time you pray, you actually mount pressure on the adversary, therefore be unceasing and importunate in prayer.

Too often, many wait until trouble strikes before they pray. The Bible says in James 4:7, “…Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” That means be on the offensive against the devil; mount pressure against him. Counter his advances ever before he makes more trouble.

2 Corinthians 2:11 says we’re not ignorant of Satan’s devices; therefore when you pray, pray like one who knows the stratagems of Satan. With authoritative words, rebuke unbelief, fear, and discouragement from your life and God’s people. Speak in tongues and break Satan’s dominion over those with whom you engage in business transactions, play, politics, or work.

You’ve been called to a life of dominion; you’re not subject to Satan, his demons or his malevolent tendencies. You’ve been given the power and responsibility to resist Satan and put him to flight! Use God’s Word, which is the sword of the Spirit, against him. Each time you pray and speak the Word in faith, you mount pressure on the devil, and overturn his wicked plots and devious machinations.


I stand in the authority of the Name of Jesus against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world and wicked spirits in high places responsible for the increasing spate of violence in the world today. I declare that their fiendish acts are abrogated, and their activities rendered ineffective in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study/Reading: 1 Peter 5:8-9